Water Backed Up In Queensland – Farmers Label Murray-Darling Basin Plan a Failure

Farmers on Queensland’s McIntyre River say the Federal Government’s $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin plan has failed as it allows cotton irrigators to replace water sold back to the Commonwealth with extra floodwaters caught off the plains.

Key points:

  • Murray-Darling Basin plan allows irrigators to catch floodwaters off the plains
  • Farmers claim millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted, with no water savings achieved
  • Water being “backed up in Queensland”, according to farmer Clay Maher

The farmers claim millions of taxpayer dollars invested in local water efficiency projects have been wasted, with no actual water savings achieved.

“The water is backed up in Queensland and it’s not getting into NSW,” according to farmer Clay Maher.

“It should end up at the end of the Murray Darling.”

His neighbour Chris Lamey said extra floodwaters were allowed to be caught by irrigators, which subverts the intent of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. (more…)